Holy Provider,

Sometimes it is not enough to open a window,
When a door has been closed.
Some of us have experienced too many closed doors-
Closed by the forces that oppose the Divine will of Love
Closed by people with racist, patriarchal, colonist, X-phobic tendencies,
Closed by people who are complicit with the above, intentionally and unintentionally.

Sometimes it is not enough to open a window,
Because the transom is too high,
Because there are thorns on the other side,
Because we are expected to “help ourselves” out the window.

Sometimes it is not enough to open a window.
We need walls torn down.
We need doors ripped from hinges.
We need to be transported by the Spirit, like Elijah,
Into a place where Your will is done
By a beloved community
For the sake of all.

A veces no basta con abrir una ventana,
Nosotros necesitamos mas.

Sometimes it is not enough to open a window, God.
We are braced, then, to tear down the walls.
Guide us. Transport us. Work through us
And keep the work of love standing.

Amen.


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA)  in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.


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